Nike Romaleos 4 Weightlifting Shoe Coming Soon

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The newest version of Nike’s Olympic weightlifting shoe is now available – the Nike Romaleos 4.

Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
The Nike Romaleos 4 is here. How has it improved over the Nike Romaleos 3? New stylsih upper, improved stability – but they’ve kept much of what we love about the shoe including the 20mm heel to toe drop.

We know you’ll have lots of questions about this shoe –

Is it a worthwhile upgrade over the Romaleos 3 XD?

Is it as narrow as the Romaleos 3? What size should I order?

Is the new upper more breathable than the old?

We’ll have answers for all those questions – as soon as we get our hands on them.

In the meantime, let’s talk about what makes a great Oly lifting shoe.

Nike Romaleos 4 (Black/Black/White) The Romaleos 4 is the next generation of Nike's only Olympic lifting shoe. It's got a monster sized heel raise and rock solid foundation for maximum power transfer in the explosive lifts.

Nike Romaleos 4 (White/White/Black) The new version of the shoe has two mid-foot straps, and a new revised upper. They've really upped the styling on this version of the shoe.

Nike Romaleos 4 (Red) The heel to toe drop is 20mm - just like the previous version. This is a super-stable shoe for lifting heavy.

Nike Romaleos 4 – Hands On First Look on YouTube

Don’t want to read? Watch instead – here’s our first look from our YouTube channel:

All right, let’s dive in.

Nike Romaleos 4 – Fit and Sizing

The Nike Romaleos 3 (and 3 XD) were crazy narrow shoes.

Will the Romaleos 4 be the same?

We can’t say for sure , but the general shape and outline of the shoe from above looks very similar.

Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
We don’t know for sure, but the Nike Romaleos 4 looks like it’s going to run narrow – just like the Romaleos 3 XD shoe.

We will have in depth advice on sizing as soon as we can order the shoe.

Nike Romaleos 4 – Key Features of a Weightlifting Shoe

Do you know what you should look for in a weightlifting shoe?

There’s a few common things – let’s talk about them – and shoe you how the Romaleos 4 fills these important requirements.

First, the most important feature of an Oly lifter (or “lifter”) is the heel.

Take a look at the massive heel raise on this shoe.

Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
It has a very tall heel raise – as you’d expect in an Oly lifter.

Why is this so important?

A big heel raise let’s you get deep in the bottom position – because it minimizes ankle range of motion.

Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
Closeup of the heel raise – Nike uses some innovative materials to minimize weight – but still have a very large heel raise.

But there is another factor of prime importance – that heel is rock solid.

There’s little to no cushioning in an Olympic weightlifting shoe.

Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
The heel on an Oly lifter is rock solid. Why? For maximum power transfer.

Why not?

Because these shoes are meant for maximum power transfer in the Olympic lifts.

You don’t want a smooshy heel taking energy away from your pull or drive.

These aren’t cross trainers, they aren’t running shoes – so their is no cushioning needed.

Don’t think that heel raise and solid heel are important?

Have you ever seen an Oly lifter on the competition platform WITHOUT these style of shoes?

No, you have not.

Another feature of lesser importance, but still present on most is the midfoot strap(s).

Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
Romaleos 4 has laces – and two midfoot straps. This is to give you the ultimate in locked in fit.

As you can see, the Romaleos 4 has two of them.

Along with the laces, that will ensure the best fit possible.

Remember – we want maximum efficiency and power transfer – we can’t have our feet moving around in the shoes.

That would be wasteful.

Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
With two "hook and loop" straps you should be able to dial the fit in perfectly. These shoes need to stay put!

Nike Romaleos 4 versus Nike Romaleos 3 XD

Our head to head comparison is underway – here’s our thoughts.

When the Romaleos 4 is launched, you’ll probably find discounts on the 3 XD.

The Nike Romaleos 3 XD weightlifting shoe is Nike's only lifter for 2019
The Nike Romaleos 3 XD weightlifting shoe was Nike’s only lifter for 2019

Which one is the right shoe for you?

Good news – we’ll have both and we will compare them head to head!

Check back soon.

Sole - very flat, very grippy
Romaleos 3 XD – Sole – very flat, very grippy

Nike Romaleos 4 versus Reebok Legacy Lifter

How does the Nike Romaleos 4 match up against the Reebok Legacy Lifter?

Reebok Legacy Lifter weightlifting shoe in black/bright cyan/matte silver.
The Legacy Lifter is Reebok’s premium Oly lifting shoe. How does it stack up the Nike Romaleos 4 ? We’ll know soon.

We’ll know soon, because we’ll be doing a head to head shootout.

The Reebok Legacy Lifter is Reebok’s premium weightlifting shoe – and we like it a lot.

Given how narrow the Romaleos 3 was, I think I’m going to order an 11.5 and a 12 and see which works out. That’s 1/2 size and 1 full size larger than what I normally wear.

(But this is just me thinking out loud – don’t consider this to be official advice.)

Nike Romaleos 4 versus Adidas Adipower II Weightlifting Shoe

Similarly, the Adidas Adipower II is the premium Oly shoe from Adidas.

Like Reebok, Adidas has several budget options also – but we want to compare and contrast the top dogs here.

ADIDAS ADIPOWER WEIGHTLIFTING II SHOE - MEN'S - Royal / Black
The Adipower II is the premium Oly lifter from Adidas.

The Adipower original was very popular – but it’s no longer made. Can the Adipower II fill those shoes?

And more importantly, how does the Nike Romaleos 4 compare?

We’ve got a pair of these as well – so the head to head review will happen soon.

Nike Romaleos 4 Weightlifting Shoe Review – In Summary

The Nike Romaleos 4 is almost here.

We’ll perform a head to head shootout with the other premium Oly lifters from Reebok and Adidas.

Check back here, and we’ll have more details soon.

Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
Nike Romaleos 4 in White/White/Black

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Nike Romaleos 4 - New Olympic Weightlifting Shoe for 2020
Nike Romaleos 4 in White/White/Black

Nike Romaleos 4 Olympic Weightlifting Shoe
Nike Romaleos 4 Weightlifting Shoe

4 Comments

  1. Bonjour merci pour votre article premièrement , et deuxièmement, je voulais savoir si il y avez du changement par rapport a la date de sortie de ces chaussures car j’ai cru savoirs qu’elles étaient sortie mais impossible de la trouver sur le site de nike

    • Vérifiez WIT fitness – La date de sortie pour l’UE est 5/1 d’après ce que j’ai entendu. Bonne chance!

  2. Hi, is there a update from Nike on the release date of the Romaleos 4 ? As of yet this product is not on Nike’s website or available at vendors. Barbend did a article stating they are out but comments that Nike may push back release date due to COVID-19.

    • Are you in the US? Get it from Nike.com, Academy Sports, or East Bay. If you are somewhere else globally, I *think* it will become available for you May 1st. (I will be updating this article shortly)

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